Tow points that are stronger than the truck

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  1. TxChevyGuy

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    Disclaimer: that title hasn't been tested.

    But I have a 2wd. Often need a front point to be towed or something like that.

    So here's what I made.

    The d ring mount is fron RuffStuff. Its 1" wide and 1" hole.




    Started with 3"x4"x1/4" angle iron. The bottom two holes are the factory tow hook bolt hole location. The third is added to make me feel good.

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    Here is with it welded together and the 1/4" backing plates snuged down.

    I used 1/2" grade 8 bolts, 1.5" long.

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    Welded up the nuts to the backing plates

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    Gotta smooth out the edges with a 80 grit flap disk

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    The 2wd front horn are angled up, the 4x4 are level.

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    Here's with a d ring on it. I think that's a 7/8 maybe a 3/4. I don't know really. Stole it off one of the Jeep bumpers I made. As you can see the backing plates and mount sandwiching the frame.

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    My bumper is smashed up, but its barely below the bumper. Allows it to be hidden.

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    Anyway, there ya go. If you wanted another one on the other side it's just flipped. I use to make these for the Jeep SUVs and we have yanked on them pretty hard. But I'm not gonna yank on it, I'm using it just incase I need to be towed back home.
     
  2. Supercharged111

    Supercharged111 I'm Awesome

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    Seeing how the angle iron is thicker than the frame, I believe your unsubstantiated claim to be true. That said, I'm surprised you didn't rattle can the thing prior to install.
     
  3. TxChevyGuy

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    I didn't have any paint. It's super easy to take on and off. I painted it the following day. Just the normal rustoleum black paint.
     
  4. bugdewde

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    Nice!!!
    I used to do a lot of Jeeping. .... meaning a lot of Winching and Towing. Lol.
    The rear cross members on the '97 & up TJs are quite thin. I've pulled bumper bolts through that crossmember pulling a full size Blazer out of a frozen mud hole.
    Snatching shock loads them terribly.... but it's the only way I could get him out (too heavy & no traction).

    You stuff looks quite beefy !!! Congrats.
     
  5. Supercharged111

    Supercharged111 I'm Awesome

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    That's all I ever use. So you leave the d ring off normally? Or hook it and a strap up when it's time to get irresponsible?
     
  6. TxChevyGuy

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    I leave the D ring off normally. It's super low key. But I try not to get irresponsible. I use it just for a tow point if I need a pull back to the house or if I get stuck in the back pasture. Give ya something to hook a strap to and pull it with the tractor.
     
  7. 1989GMCSIERRA

    1989GMCSIERRA I'm Awesome

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    That’s a lot of work. On my very heavy old C3500 service truck with service body I took the tow eyes off my F350 (I put a Ranchhand winch bumper on it) and drilled the frame on the C3500 and put those on there. Worked great. And those tow eyes will never bend like the tow hooks that typically come on those years Chevy trucks.
     

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